To celebrate another fabulous year of reading in 2013, I’m joining a few blogfests this week and highlighting some of my favorite books from this year. Today, Wednesday, and Thursday, I’ll be posting for the YA Superlatives Blogfest. On Tuesday, I’m going to join in on The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday, and on Friday I’m joining the rest of the YA Buccaneers in sharing our favorite reads of 2013. It’ll be a full week of book talk, so get ready!
Let’s get started, shall we?
Since 2011, Katie Upperman, Jessica Love, Tracey Neithercott and Alison Miller have hosted an annual end-of-the-year blogfest called YA Superlatives, where YA lovers highlight their favorite books of that year by category. The last two Decembers, I was too busy to participate. But not this year!
I’ve read 17 2013 YA books so far, and there are many more on my TBR list that I still plan to read. Here are some of my favorites under today’s theme, Head of the Class.
Favorite Dystopian: ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth
This was the most highly-anticipated dystopian on my reading list this year. I have a love/hate relationship with the ending but overall I thought it was a great conclusion to a fantastic series. Read my full review (with spoilers!) here.
Favorite Contemporary: FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
I fell in love with Rowell’s writing this year. I loved her YA debut Eleanor & Park, but I really connected with the characters and storyline in FANGIRL. It was such a satisfying book and I’m looking forward to re-reading it.
Favorite Action/Adventure: TAKEN by Erin Bowman
This book has so many great elements – a male protagonist, kick-ass girl characters, an intriguing plot, and a gorgeous cover! Read my full review (NO spoilers) here.
Favorite Historical Fiction: ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
ETA: I originally omitted this category because I thought I hadn’t read a new historical YA this year. But I read ELEANOR & PARK, which takes place in the ’80s and thus fits this category. I loved so much about this book – the romance, the characters, and the 80’s references throughout. It’s crazy to think the decade I was born in is historical! I’m old. :)
Favorite Comedy: RED by Alison Cherry
This was such a FUN read and the voice was spot-on and entertaining. I can’t wait to read more of Alison’s work! Read my full review (NO spoilers) here.
Favorite Mystery: DANGEROUS GIRLS by Abigail Haas
I read this at the recommendation of many people, and I’m so glad I did. The story was so twisted and surprising. Saying anything else would spoil the plot, so just trust me and read this book!
Favorite Romance: JUST ONE DAY by Gayle Forman
I love a good romance and this book made me feel so happy inside. I haven’t had the chance to read the sequel, JUST ONE YEAR, yet but I’m super excited to.
Favorite Paranormal: THE ART OF WISHING by Lindsay Ribar
I don’t usually read paranormal but I’m glad I made an exception with this one. I loved the way Lindsay brought a genie into the real world. Read my full review (NO spoilers) here.
Favorite Family Drama: HOW TO LOVE by Katie Cotugno
This is another book that I’d heard so many good things about before reading. It deserves all of its praise. The story follows the on-again/off-again romance between two characters, but also successfully explores familial relationships. I loved it!
Note: I skipped favorite science fiction, fantasy, and genre bender because none of the 2013 YA books on my list fit those categories. I tend to read mostly contemporary YA, but I’m looking forward to hearing about other participants’ favorites in those genres.
I’ll be back on Wednesday with my picks for the Elements of Fiction categories. But others will be blogging tomorrow about the Popularity Contest categories. For more info on the YA Superlatives Blogfest and to join in, click here.
What were some of your favorite 2013 YA reads?
Coming up tomorrow: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2013!